This article is about the Histories & Lore special feature. For the time period, see Age of Heroes.
" The Age of Heroes
The Age of Heroes" is part of the Complete Guide to Westeros, a special feature from . It is narrated by Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark.
Bran Stark recounts the stories of legendary figures of several of the seven independent kingdoms that existed prior to the War of Conquest.
Summary Bran Stark: When
Aegon the Conqueror invaded Westeros, he had Seven Kingdoms to contend with. The
Kingdom of the North, the Kingdom of the Mountain and the Vale, the Iron Islands, the Kingdom of the Rock, the Kingdom of the Reach, the Stormlands, and Dorne. These regions had been established by the
First Men thousands of years before, in the Age of Heroes. One hero of this fabled age was
Bran the Builder. Bran raised the Wall and built the stronghold of Winterfell, establishing House Stark and reigning as the first King in the North. Other legends tell of the
Grey King in the Iron Islands. Grey King took a mermaid to wife and defeated Nagga, the first sea dragon. House Greyjoy of Pyke, the current rulers of the region, claim to descend from him.
House Casterly ruled the gold-rich Westerlands from their mighty seat of Casterly Rock. But their lands and power were swindled from them by the legendary trickster, Lann the Clever. The noble House of Lannister is said to have descended from him. The verdant and fertile lands of
the Reach were first ruled by House Gardener. Its founder, known as Garth Greenhand, wore a crown of flowers and vines. He ruled from Highgarden as the first King of the Reach and was said to have made the land bloom. Many noble houses trace their bloodlines back to him, including the current lords of Highgarden, House Tyrell. In the
Stormlands, according to ballads of the age, a warrior named Durran fell in love with Elenei, whose father was God of the Sea, and mother was Goddess of the Wind. She gave her maidenhead to him, committing herself to a mortal life. Enraged, her parents called upon the winds and waters, destroying Durran's bayside keep and wiping out his wedding gift. Durran declared war on the gods and rebuilt his keep, which was also destroyed.
Four more castles he raised, each stronger than the last. All fell to the power of the gods. But Durran's seventh castle,
Storm's End, withstood the gods' rage. Durran became known as Durran Godsgrief and reigned as the first Storm King. There are countless other tales from the Age of Heroes, too many to count. These histories weren't recorded in a book but passed down from generation to generation through story and song.
And while some of them may be dismissed as fairy tales, every one of the
Seven Kingdoms is defined by them.
The Children of the Forest, the First Men, and the Andals · The Age of Heroes · The Old Gods and the New · The History of the Night's Watch · The Order of Maesters · Valyria and the Dragons · The Field of Fire · Mad King Aerys · Robert's Rebellion · The Sack of King's Landing · House Stark · House Lannister · House Targaryen · House Baratheon · House Arryn
Greyjoy Rebellion · Robert's Rebellion (Stannis, Davos, & Margaery) · House Tyrell · House Greyjoy · House Clegane · The Free Folk · The Night's Watch · Dragonstone · Harrenhal · Qarth · The Drowned God · The Alchemists' Guild · The Warlocks
Old Ghis & Slaver's Bay · The Unsullied · House Reed · House Frey · House Tully · The Lord of Light · Wargs and the Sight · Robert's Rebellion (Littlefinger & Varys) · The Red Keep · The North · The Reach · The Riverlands · The Stormlands · The Westerlands · The Vale
House Martell · House Baelish · Dragons · Poisons · The Bastards of Westeros · The Iron Bank of Braavos · Sellswords & Hedge Knights · Robert's Rebellion (Oberyn Martell) · The Wall · The Nations of the North · The Kingsguard · The Maester's Chain · The Death of Kings · Valyrian Steel · Justice of the Seven Kingdoms
The Seven-Pointed Star · The Faith Militant · Volantis · Braavos · The Faceless Men · Winterfell · The Lord Commanders · Robert's Rebellion (Barristan Selmy) · Dorne · The Fighting Pits of Meereen · The River Rhoyne · The Many-Faced God · Greyscale & The Stone Men · The Great Masters of Meereen · The Dance of Dragons
The Old Way · The Kingsmoot · The Summer Sea · War of the Ninepenny Kings · The Great Tourney at Harrenhal · Robert's Rebellion (Jaime Lannister) · Vaes Dothrak · The Dothraki · Northern Allegiances to House Stark · Children of the Forest vs. the First Men · Brotherhood Without Banners · Oldtown · House Dayne · The Little Birds · Knights of the Vale · House Tarly · Riverrun · Great Sept of Baelor
The Dragonpit · The Citadel · Casterly Rock · Highgarden · The Golden Company · Prophecies of the Known World · The Hand of the King · The Rains of Castamere Conquest & Rebellion:
Valyria's Last Scion: House Targaryen · Invasion · House Hoare, Ironborn Kings of the Riverlands · House Durrandon, the Storm Kings · House Lannister, Kings of the Rock & House Gardener, Kings of the Reach · House Stark, The Kings of Winter · House Arryn, Kings of the Vale · Aegon, First of His Name · House Martell, Princes of Dorne · The Last Dragons
King's Landing · The Greyjoy Rebellion · The Blackfyres · The South · The Defiance of Duskendale · Maegor the Cruel